We are proud members of Pack For A Purpose, an initiative that allows travelers like you to make a lasting impact in the community at your travel destination. If you save just a few kilos of space in your suitcase and bring supplies for the school in need, you'll make a priceless impact in the lives of our local children and families. We have partnered with Marla's House of Hope.
Marla's House of Hope (MHOH) provides safe, loving, nurturing care for God’s Children who have been removed from an abusive environment. MHOH long-term residential care is provided through a family setting centered around Christian love, example, and teaching. All of the children come from homes in crisis. These children are not orphans, but they are without a home because of abuse, neglect, and/or other difficult family situations. The children ranging from birth to 17 years of age are removed from a difficult home situation by a member of the Ministry of Human Development for placement at MHOH. Many of the children have experienced such severe degrees of abuse that they face difficulty in adjusting to a "normal" home life. Many children have not had any new clothes or shoes in years.
All school age children attend schools in the Belmopan area and are encouraged to participate in extracurricular activities. The House Mother, staff, and volunteers help the children with homework, direct them toward responsibility and high ideals with love, discipline, support, and example as well as guiding them through the normal developmental struggles. The children attend church regularly and actively participate in church activities and attend Bible study classes.
These are the items that Marla's House of Hope needs:
General School Supplies: Book Bags, Text/Reading Books (English or Spanish), Chalk, Colored Pencils, Compasses, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, Protractors, Rulers, Solar Calculators, Wide-Ruled Paper, Folders, exercise books for high school kids , poster board , raincoats, umbrellas
Reference Materials: Dictionaries, Encyclopedias (English or Spanish)
Educational Games/Toys: Chess Sets, Puzzles, Scrabble, Stuffed Animals/Soft Toys
Art Supplies: Fashion Magazines, Sewing Needles, Thread, Watercolor Paints, Watercolor Paint Brushes
Sports/Outdoor Activity: Jump ropes, Netball/Basketballs, Tennis Balls
First Aid: Antibiotic Ointment, Band-Aids, Plastic Gloves, Baby Bottles, Pepto-Bismol, Tylenol
Linens: Bath Towels, Bed Linens, Light Blankets, Linen Sets, Mosquito Nets, Pillows
Kitchen: Bowls, Pans, Plastic Serving Plates, Pots, Serving Spoons, Spatulas, Waffle Maker, Water Cooler, Plastic Food Containers, Garbage Bags, Plastic Children's Plates, Cereal Bowls, Kitchen Towels
Health/Personal Grooming: Bars of Soap, Combs, Deodorant, Hair Brushes, Hair Pins and Elastic Hair Bands, Hand Cream, Multivitamin Tablets, Reading Glasses of Assorted Strengths, Sanitary Napkins, Shampoos, Tampons, Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, Vaseline, Washing Powder, Body Spray